Last Sunday there was an unusual flight of the Australian airline Qantas - QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, which lasted 15 hours. The fact is that the airliner that made it - Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, was fueled with fuel, which consisted of 90% kerosene and 10% biofuel.
It was made from Brassica carinata, a non-edible mustard seed. Its use, according to experts, will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 80% compared to conventional fuel. It should also be added that the amount of used aviation kerosene is also reduced by 7%.
Agrisoma Bioscinces, a Canadian biofuel company, says the feedstock can be grown on land that is unsuitable for other crops, or in the fields between crops. This will improve the quality of the soil and reduce erosion - and at the same time give farmers an opportunity to earn additional income.
One hectare planted with Carinata seeds can produce up to 2, 000 liters of oil, the feedstock for biofuels. Qantas is currently working with Agrisoma to convince Australian farmers to grow Carinata grains. It is hoped that the first crop for future aviation biofuels will be harvested by 2020.